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Hanjin Shipping christens new 6,500teu vessels

Hanjin Shipping christens new 6,500teu vessels

Seoul: Hanjin Shipping has today christened two super-high speed 6,500 teu vessels, Hanjin Tianjin (pictured) and Hanjin Xiamen, at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. The vessels, which are the fourth and fifth installments of the company's series of eight newbuilds in the 6,500 teu category, will be deployed on the FEX (Far East Europe Express Service), in February and March respectively.

The newbuildings are described as being environmental-friendly with perfect combustion engines, which eliminate pollutants, and optimal in fuel efficiency for both low-speed and high-speed operations, helping the company tackle soaring oil prices.
Hanjin will constantly deploy a total of eight vessels of the same class including the ones currently in operation on its main services by early 2008.  This plan is part of the carrier's active investment aimed at making its fleet more competitive and providing better services. 

Currently, the carrier operates 80 container vessels on the 60 routes worldwide.  Last year, Hanjin Shipping became the first Korean shipping company to order a 10,000 teu mega-size fleet.  [07/02/07]